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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I view the Student Code of Conduct?
Find the Student Code of Conduct Policy on our website!
Where is the Office of Student Integrity/Dean of Students located on my campus?

Dahlonega-365 Stewart Center
Gainesville-201 Student Center
Oconee-113 Administration Building

Although there are not specific locations for Student Integrity and the Dean of Students Offices on the Blue Ridge and Cumming campuses, these services and programs are provided to students.  Questions about programs and services of the Office of Student Integrity or the Dean of Students may be directed to the Campus Administrators on these campuses.

I just received an email from the Office of Student Integrity/Dean of Students regarding an alleged conduct violation. What happens next?

In the student’s letter, there should be a meeting date and time listed. The student should make sure to go to his or her meeting. During the student’s meeting, he or she will learn more about the alleged incident and the student’s alleged involvement. Learn more about the conduct process.

All communication regarding the Student Code of Conduct will be sent via University email. Therefore, all communications are considered received by the student to whom they were sent.

Who reported this and what did they say?

At the student’s initial meeting with the Student Conduct Administrator, he or she will learn about who reported the incident and any statements made regarding the incident.

How does your office know when a violation occurs?

The Office of Student Integrity/Dean of Students is notified of an alleged violation in a number of ways; UNG Police, local Police, Office of Residence Life reports, UNG Faculty and Staff, Center for Global Engagement, etc.

What should I bring to the conduct meetings?

If a student is aware of the nature of the conduct meeting, he or she should be prepared to discuss his or her involvement in the alleged incident. The student should keep in mind that this is still considered to be an information-gathering meeting.  However, all members of the university community are expected to present themselves as truthful and consistent with the UNG Honor Code.

If the student has any witness statements or names and contact information of witnesses the student would like to be interviewed regarding the student’s alleged involvement, he or she should bring that information with him or her to his or her meeting. If there are any other pieces of information the student would like to be considered in his or her case, the student should make sure to bring that information with him or her as well.

What if I don’t attend my scheduled conduct meeting?

A student has the right to not attend any of his or her scheduled meetings. However, a decision will be made in the student’s absence and will be based on the information provided by the referring party and any witness statements. If a student is suspended or expelled from UNG through that final decision, he or she still has a right to an appeal. Review the appeals process.

What if I was not directly involved in an incident, but only witnessed the incident?

Witnesses will be contacted by the University based on the nature of the report or at the request of the accused student, victim, or others involved in the incident.  The University, and those in it, depend on others to respect and act consistent with the UNG Honor Code, which compels upfront honesty of all members of the UNG community. 

What happens if I didn’t read my email to know about my scheduled conduct meeting?

Students are responsible for making sure they are checking their UNG emails regularly to ensure they are receiving up-to-date information pertinent to their student status. If a student misses his or her scheduled conduct meeting, a decision may be made in the student’s absence. Once a final decision is made on the case, unless there were some extenuating circumstances that can be shown via supporting documentation, the decision will not be reconsidered. If the student is suspended or expelled from UNG through that final decision, he or she still has a right to an appeal. Review the appeals process.

As an accused student, what are my rights in this process?

View your hearing rights

What is the difference between an informal conduct resolution and a formal conduct resolution process?

An informal conduct resolution process is used in cases where if the allegations of the offense were true, the accused student would not face suspension or expulsion from the University of North Georgia because of the relatively minor nature of the offense.

Some examples of cases that would fall in line with this process are 1st time alcohol incidents, minor disorderly conduct, student id infractions, etc.

A formal conduct resolution process is used in cases where if the allegations of the offense were true, the student could face suspension/expulsion from UNG. Learn more about the informal and formal conduct resolution process.

Do I have the right to bring an advisor to all of my conduct meetings/hearings?

Yes, a student has the right to an advisor but this person may not actively participate in the student conduct process. Learn more about advisors.

Should I bring an attorney with me to my conduct meetings?

If a student is facing suspension/expulsion for alleged behavioral conduct violations, an investigator will be assigned to the student’s case and the name of the student’s investigator will be outlined in the student’s. Students facing suspension/expulsion for alleged behavioral conduct violations from UNG have a right to bring an attorney at their expense to accompany them to all meetings/hearings during their conduct process. This is not required. Learn more about advisors and attorneys.

Could my violation result in suspension or expulsion?

This question is hard to answer because a student’s suspension/expulsion is dependent upon a number of factors including; severity of the incident (drug use, harm to others or community, etc.), student’s previous conduct history, existence of repeated behavior (alcohol, alcohol misconduct, etc.).

If a student has been suspended or expelled from UNG, he or she has a right to appeal that decision. Learn about the appeals process.

If I am found responsible, can I appeal the decision and/or the sanctions?

Students can only appeal if they have been suspended or expelled from the University. Review the appeals process.

Will my conduct violation affect my class registration?

Typically, class registration will not be affected by conduct violations unless the student is suspended or expelled. Class registration may be affected if a student has not completed his or her sanctions by the deadline date. If a student knows that he or she will be unable to complete his or her sanctions by the deadline date set by the conduct/hearing officer or panel, the student should contact the Office of Student Integrity/Deans of Students at one of the following locations to request the deadline date be extended:

Dahlonega/Blue Ridge 706-864-1900

Gainesville/Cumming 678-717-3877

Oconee 706-310-6205
What if I go to court and my criminal charges are dropped?

The conduct process and the criminal/legal process are separate processes. The resolution of the criminal/legal process has no bearing on the resolution of the conduct process.

Because the conduct process is an educational process, it will typically be resolved before the criminal/legal process has concluded. The conduct process does not wait for the criminal/legal process to conclude.

Will this go on my academic transcript?

The University of North Georgia does not notate academic transcripts for any academic or non-academic conduct violations.

Will you report this to my potential grad school/employer/transfer institution?

The University of North Georgia keeps a student’s conduct file for 5 years from the date of graduation or the last date of attendance, whichever comes first for students not suspended or expelled from UNG. If a student has been suspended or expelled from UNG, a student’s conduct file may be kept indefinitely.

UNG does not proactively provide conduct information to another entity.  If a graduate school, employer, government agency, or other institution requests student conduct information about an individual, this information will only be given once the student has provided UNG permission to release that information.  Please note: this may be a requirement of acceptance to the receiving institution. 

What happens if I don’t complete my assigned sanctions by the deadlines?

If a student does not complete his or her assigned conduct sanction(s) by the deadlines set by the student’s conduct officer/hearing officer/hearing panel, a hold will be placed on the student’s account which will prevent the student from adding/dropping or registering for any future course. If a student knows he or she will be unable to complete his or her sanction(s) by the deadline set, the student should contact the Office of Student Integrity at 706-864-1900 to request a deadline extension.

Do you notify my parents if I am found responsible for any Code of Conduct violations?

Parents are notified if a student, under the age of 21 has been found responsible for violating any alcohol policy and are notified if a student has been found responsible for violating the drug policy. Parents are not notified for any other Code of Conduct violations.

If I am accused of academic misconduct and the case is not resolved by the end of the term, how is my grade for that class be affected?

Students will receive a final grade for the course. Once the case has been resolved, if the student is found not responsible, a grade change form will be completed by the referring faculty member.

Does the Code of Conduct apply off campus?

Yes, the Code of Conduct applies to on and off campus behavior.

My faculty told me he/she was going to give me a grade penalty because of an academic misconduct issue (i.e. cheating, plagiarism, etc.), what is the process if I do not agree with these allegations?

If a faculty member believes that an academic misconduct incident occurred in the classroom, the faculty member should be meeting with the student to discuss the incident. If after discussing the incident with the student, the faculty member still believes there to be an academic misconduct violation, the faculty should then submit an academic misconduct report. Once the report is received, the student will receive an email outlining the allegations and will provide the student 5 business days to respond. If the student disagrees with the allegations, a meeting is scheduled and the student is prepared to have their case heard by the Student Conduct Committee panel. Read more about the academic misconduct process.

Who will hear my case?

Informal cases are typically heard by Conduct Officers who want to understand the circumstances and thought-process of the student before making a decision regarding the student’s case.

Formal cases may be heard by Administrative Hearing Officers or a Student Conduct Hearing Panel, which is made up of faculty and students.  This is a decision that is made by the student.  Hearings regarding Academic Misconduct are heard only by a Student Conduct Hearing Panel.  Hearings regarding Sexual Misconduct are heard by a Student Conduct Hearing Panel of faculty/staff only.

Conduct Officers, Administrative Hearing Officers, and Student Conduct Hearing Panel members are trained in due process, credibility assessments, measuring evidence/standards of proof, and the articles of the UNG Student Code of Conduct.

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